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The Brazilian Grand Prix: the holy grail of automotive passion

Published on 06-22-2016 Agenda

Each year, the Brazilian Grand Prix revs up motorsport passions on São Paulo's challenging Interlagos circuit. The race is always a magical moment for F1 drivers and their fans.

The 2016 Formula One season will be the longest ever, with 21 races, and the Brazilian Grand Prix is ​​the penultimate stop. The legendary race has taken place on the 4.309-kilometre Interlagos circuit (aka the Autódromo José Carlos Pace) in São Paulo since 1972. This Grand Prix race consists of 71 laps—305 kilometres—during which local drivers Felipe Massa (Team Williams), winner in 2006 and 2008, and Felipe Nasr (Sauber) will revive the memory of Ayrton Senna, the country's revered two-time winner at Interlagos. It's a short but difficult circuit that is bumpy and demanding.

In Brazil, Alain Prost holds the record for number of wins (six), ahead of Michael Schumacher (four). Nico Rosberg, the German driver for Mercedes, and winner of the 2014 and 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix, will be looking for his third victory here.

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